During the two presidential debates, Twitter users kept calling on Cohen to become the moderator. "I mean, I was flattered. I think the fact that the president is a reality star who behaves recklessly and impetuously, with a loose relationship to facts, makes the comparison to a Housewives reunion or a Bravo reunion apt," he says. "But when I was watching the first debate, I started to get offended on behalf of the Housewives and the work that we do at Bravo on these reunions because actually, he was so much lower than the tenor that we go. What you have to remember is he is not capable of modulating himself, so that was 90 minutes straight of that. So I was offended on behalf of the Housewives … because he was way lower than we ever are. And we are certainly a mix of low and high. The other thing that’s different is we aim to have some resolution and end on some positivity. So while the discourse may get heated during our debate — if you want to call it that — I try to land the plane so that people have come together or issues have become resolved, and then we end on a hopeful note. I think he wasn’t even able to do that."